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Callicarpa americana Plant Care Reminders

American beautyberry

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General Information

  • Instruction By Julie Bawden-Davis
    Notes Graceful deciduous shrub with arching branches and eye-catching lilac or pink flowers in summer that turn to berries in the fall, hanging on until winter. Grows 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide. This easy-to-grow plant is generally pest-free.
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Plant Care Instruction

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    February
    1. Buy

    Buy when available in the nursery and via mail-order.
    2. Prune

    Flowers and berries appear on new growth. Remove old stems and crossing branches.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy when available in the nursery and via mail-order.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a light shade location in well-draining soil.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a well-balanced fertilizer.
    4. Prune

    Flowers and berries appear on new growth. Remove old stems and crossing branches
    5. Transplant

    Transplant in a light shade location in well-draining soil.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy when available in the nursery and via mail-order.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a light shade location in well-draining soil.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a well-balanced fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water established plants weekly in the absence of rain. Do not overwater, as the plant is drought tolerant.
    5. Transplant

    Transplant in a light shade location in well-draining soil.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy when available in the nursery and via mail-order.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a light shade location in well-draining soil.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a well-balanced fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water established plants weekly in the absence of rain. Do not overwater, as the plant is drought tolerant.
    5. Transplant

    Transplant in a light shade location in well-draining soil.
    June
    1. Fertilize

    Feed monthly with a well-balanced fertilizer.
    2. Water

    Water established plants twice weekly in the absence of rain. Do not overwater, as the plant is drought tolerant.
    July
    1. Water

    Water established plants twice weekly in the absence of rain. Do not overwater, as the plant is drought tolerant.
    August
    1. Water

    Water established plants twice weekly in the absence of rain. Do not overwater, as the plant is drought tolerant.
    September
    1. Water

    Water established plants twice weekly in the absence of rain. Do not overwater, as the plant is drought tolerant.
    October
    1. Water

    Water established plants weekly in the absence of rain. Do not overwater, as the plant is drought tolerant.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    February

    Buy when available in the nursery and via mail-order.

    March

    Buy when available in the nursery and via mail-order.

    April

    Buy when available in the nursery and via mail-order.

    May

    Buy when available in the nursery and via mail-order.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    March

    Plant in a light shade location in well-draining soil.

    April

    Plant in a light shade location in well-draining soil.

    May

    Plant in a light shade location in well-draining soil.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    March

    Feed monthly with a well-balanced fertilizer.

    April

    Feed monthly with a well-balanced fertilizer.

    May

    Feed monthly with a well-balanced fertilizer.

    June

    Feed monthly with a well-balanced fertilizer.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    April

    Water established plants weekly in the absence of rain. Do not overwater, as the plant is drought tolerant.

    May

    Water established plants weekly in the absence of rain. Do not overwater, as the plant is drought tolerant.

    June

    Water established plants twice weekly in the absence of rain. Do not overwater, as the plant is drought tolerant.

    July

    Water established plants twice weekly in the absence of rain. Do not overwater, as the plant is drought tolerant.

    August

    Water established plants twice weekly in the absence of rain. Do not overwater, as the plant is drought tolerant.

    September

    Water established plants twice weekly in the absence of rain. Do not overwater, as the plant is drought tolerant.

    October

    Water established plants weekly in the absence of rain. Do not overwater, as the plant is drought tolerant.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    February

    Flowers and berries appear on new growth. Remove old stems and crossing branches.

    March

    Flowers and berries appear on new growth. Remove old stems and crossing branches

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    February

    Flowers and berries appear on new growth. Remove old stems and crossing branches

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    March

    Transplant in a light shade location in well-draining soil.

    April

    Transplant in a light shade location in well-draining soil.

    May

    Transplant in a light shade location in well-draining soil.

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